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How do you describe yourself - in retirement or with a portfolio career?

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Re: How do you describe yourself - in retirement or with a portfolio career?

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Postby nimnarb » August 14th, 2020, 7:20 pm

They would think I was probably talking about George Foreman. :)
Most wouldn’t know who Formby was I believe but I still
listen to his songs.

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Re: How do you describe yourself - in retirement or with a portfolio career?

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Postby Mike4 » August 14th, 2020, 9:17 pm

tikunetih wrote:"What do you do for a living?"

As little as possible.

"So what do you do with all that time on your hands?"

Whatever I please*.
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Works for me.

* Walking the dog, riding a bike, taking a hike, cooking a meal, doing yard-work and reading a bunch of stuff doesn't leave that much spare time left...


I meet a lot of new people all the time in my line of work, in their homes, and asking "What do you do for a living?" is a tool I used to use as a springboard for conversation. Once/if I discover their occupation I can make better conversation with someone I only met ten minutes ago, and it definitely oils the social wheels and puts them more at ease with having me me as a total stranger in their house. Almost regardless of their occupation, I can find something moderately intelligent to ask about it, which usually fires up some good and rewarding conversation where I get to learn a TONNE of interesting stuff.

A decade or so ago I hit on a slightly better question than "What do you do for a living?", which I suspect is what the yanks might really wanting to know. Nowadays I enquire about their field of expertise. Everybody has at least one, whether it be football, chemical engineering, playing the cello, cross stitch, bridge design or posting rubbish on discussion forums (my own speciality). Discussing their field of expertise in an interested manner definitely makes them feel more at ease having me around, in a most general and positive way.

Now, having said all that, I bet you are itching to ask me "What do you do for a living?" :lol:

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Re: How do you describe yourself - in retirement or with a portfolio career?

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Postby Lootman » August 14th, 2020, 11:07 pm

Mike4 wrote:I meet a lot of new people all the time in my line of work, in their homes

Now, having said all that, I bet you are itching to ask me "What do you do for a living?" :lol:

Easy. You are either selling vacuum cleaners, tupperwarre or encyclopedias.

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Re: How do you describe yourself - in retirement or with a portfolio career?

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Postby JohnB » August 14th, 2020, 11:27 pm

Mike4 wrote:
Now, having said all that, I bet you are itching to ask me "What do you do for a living?" :lol:


Fireman. Small talk is key for them.

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Re: How do you describe yourself - in retirement or with a portfolio career?

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Postby BhotiPila » August 15th, 2020, 9:56 am

Mike4 wrote:Now, having said all that, I bet you are itching to ask me "What do you do for a living?" :lol:


Gigolo?

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Re: How do you describe yourself - in retirement or with a portfolio career?

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Postby tikunetih » August 15th, 2020, 11:34 am

Mike4 wrote:Nowadays I enquire about their field of expertise.


Makes you sound like a recruiter - you'd get absolutely nowhere with me with that approach - but most people's egos mean they love to talk about themselves so your tactic no doubt works pretty well.

I'd give almost nothing away about what I know (eg. never talk to people about investment) and instead, if you appeared to be knowledgeable about your field, which hopefully you would be if you were in my gaff, I'd quiz you relentlessly about it to try to learn stuff useful to me, like a knowledge vampire! Very annoying as a child, asking millions of questions all the time. :lol:

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Re: How do you describe yourself - in retirement or with a portfolio career?

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Postby DiamondEcho » September 15th, 2020, 10:25 pm

Clariman wrote:My point was a more general one thank LinledIn specifically. I thought it would be interesting to have a discussion about how people define themselves or present themselves to others, when they are involved in lots of different things.
Perhaps I should have put the question a different way. For example, if you're at a social function and someone asks "what do you do?" how would you respond. That is just another example but you can discuss your own.


I think it's a good question and one that many people only face when they're forcibly removed from their 'badges and titles of office' and lazily associated status. It's simple to be your job title, say a Wall Street 'Vice President', despite there being 2,000 of those in your company alone.
So the question might be how do you project self-worth to socially competing others, perhaps a peer group, when there is no employer giving external credibility to that title?

'What do you do'? the stranger asks. Which is simply an applied prism to socially guage you through.
I've on occasion previously answered 'Oh, nothing' as a bald answer to such a naked question. Their attempts to pigeon-hole and judge 'respective merit' neutered. But that can be a conversation killer (seriously), so I tend to pitch the vague aloofness so as not being seen to compete or out-succeed the questioner. 'Oh I just have a side-operation doing [roughly] XYX that is doing Ok...', or similar, and leave it at that. Strangers won't probe further.

It took me a few years out of the career rat-race to no longer care, one bit, how others judge *what they perceive I am*.

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Re: How do you describe yourself - in retirement or with a portfolio career?

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Postby DiamondEcho » September 15th, 2020, 10:28 pm

tikunetih wrote:
Mike4 wrote:Nowadays I enquire about their field of expertise.

Makes you sound like a recruiter


Makes him sound like the career 'BoilersRUs' engineer that he is, hehe.

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Re: How do you describe yourself - in retirement or with a portfolio career?

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Postby monabri » September 16th, 2020, 11:32 am

Chicken entertainer and treat feeder.

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Re: How do you describe yourself - in retirement or with a portfolio career?

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Postby terminal7 » September 16th, 2020, 12:33 pm

Diamond geezer surely.

T7

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Re: How do you describe yourself - in retirement or with a portfolio career?

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Postby UncleEbenezer » September 16th, 2020, 12:50 pm

monabri wrote:Chicken entertainer and treat feeder.

Um, should I be thinking variants on Pheasant Plucker?

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Re: How do you describe yourself - in retirement or with a portfolio career?

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Postby brightncheerful » September 16th, 2020, 1:21 pm

Some tried and tested answers:

Q: What do you do?
A: When ?

Q: What do you do for a living?
A: As distinct from not living?

Q: What do you do for a living?
A: I' am not allowed to say.

Q: What do you do for a living?
A: Not a lot.

Q: What do you do for a living?
A: Preach
(ecclesiastical subtle)

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Re: How do you describe yourself - in retirement or with a portfolio career?

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Postby monabri » September 16th, 2020, 2:08 pm

UncleEbenezer wrote:
monabri wrote:Chicken entertainer and treat feeder.

Um, should I be thinking variants on Pheasant Plucker?


No...that's my job...( serious emoji).


;)


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